Snow Crystals in Sashiko
With Pepper Cory
Jan 7, 10:00am–12:00pm and Jan 8, 10:00am-12:00pm CST
Using easy-to-access supplies, we draw and hand stitch the Asanoha design envisioned here as six-sided snowflakes. The pattern of seven interlocking star shapes provides plenty of practice in stitching and spacing stitches.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.
Perfect for a winter project, the sashiko pattern Asanoha is depicted as snow crystals against a dark blue sky. Bold white stitches against deep indigo fabric make for a dramatic final project.
Our first meeting introduces the tools, how to mark the design (we use part of a sashiko stencil), and basic sashiko stitch technique. Two days later, with lots of stitching completed, we outline the snow crystals and look to preserving the work as an art piece suitable for framing.
Some call sashiko ‘meditation with a needle’ and you will likely find stitching Asanoha to be calming and rewarding.
A $9 kit is required for this class: Order your kit right away to allow time for shipping.
Email [email protected] to arrange payment and shipping.
Kit will include: a stencil to mark the sashiko design, a Fat Quarter (18″ x 22″) of traditional, solid-indigo, homespun fabric, and printed directions.
Note: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States; order the pdf version from (see above).
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Basic familiarity with hand stitching.
• White thread for sashiko. Note that the thread does not have to be traditional Japanese sashiko thread. The easiest option is to use #8 white perle cotton thread. Also called pearl cotton, this thread is widely available at many big box fabric/craft stores or you might have some in your thread stash. Note: sashiko thread is NOT the same as embroidery floss or regular hand-sewing thread.
• Sashiko needle assortments are available on Amazon from the Colonial Needle Company (CN-PC-1) and from Clover (Q2007). If you are purchasing sashiko needles for the first time, forgo the super long type but rather buy an assortment so you can find the best size for you. If you are a hand sewer, you might find you have some suitable needles already. Look at sizes 3-4 crewel embroidery or chenille needles sizes 18-20. How to tell the right size needle? Does the #8 perle thread slip easily through the eye of the needle? Can you handle this needle using your thimble?
• White Chalk Pencil Any brand of chalk pencil for fabric that makes a visible line on dark fabric but washes out. A number are available on Amazon. Brand names to look for: Bohin, Clover, Dritz, and Roxanne.
• Your favorite thimble OR if purchasing, an inexpensive but nice one (Amazon again) is the 3-pack from Singer called Sew Cute 00480.
• Small ruler (6″) or straightedge.